Historical Marker: George Washington Williams
Situated outside of the entrance to Union Baptist Church, this marker honors the remarkable life of George Washington Williams (1849-1891), a prominent African American figure of the second half of the 19th century. Williams, who died at the age of 41, was a Baptist minister, lawyer, soldier in the U.S. Army (he also served in Mexico), journalist, and historian. His most notable works are two books on African American history: "History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880" (published in 1882), and "A History of the Negro Troops in the War of the Rebellion" (published in 1888). Both were well received. Another of his writings, a open letter he wrote to King Leopold of Belgium in 1890 criticizing the brutality the people in the Congo—which was a Belgian colony at that time—suffered under Leopold's rule, earned him fame as well. Sadly, Williams died not long after he arrived in England to write a book about Africa.
Backstory and Context
O'Connor, Allison Marie. "Williams, George Washington (1849-1891)." Accessed March 3, 2017. http://www.blackpast.org/aah/williams-george-washington-1849-1891.